In January 1968, a small group of people decided that California should have an organization that was affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA.) Thus, with the encouragement and assistance of MTNA, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) was born, although the official name was not settled until later that same year. Marlowe Wilcox, president pro tem, wrote in January1968, “The CMTA officers pro tem come from the ranks of both the private music teaching field and our college music departments.” This group “…consented to serve you until our first State Convention, which we are tentatively planning for January or February of 1969.” The first CAPMT officers were:
The first State Convention was held at USC in February, 1969. The pre-convention registration fee for members was $3.00. The second State Convention was held in Long Beach in 1970, the registration fee was raised to $4.00 and a full board was elected and installed. That board consisted of:
By August 1970, Dr. Erno Daniel became VP Conventions, Dr. Frank McGinnis became VP Auditions, and Andrew Clemmons became VP Editor. At this same convention District Presidents were named and installed. They were:
CAPMT was named “MTNA Local State Association of the Year” in 2004
In 1988, CAPMT established the Lifetime Achievement Award to be bestowed annually on individuals and/or associations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service in the music community over a significant period of time.
In 2012, the CAPMT Chapter or District of the Year Award was established to encourage and reward chapters and districts that exemplify excellent leadership and member participation.